Targets in Kent and London raided.
Night: London, Bristol, Wales, Liverpool, Birmingham and Birkenhead all bombed.
Weather: Early fog clearing to blue skies. Cloud later.
Although Hitler had unofficially conceded victory to Fighter Command, Park, still striving to work out effective counter-measures to the Germans’ high-flying tactics, could certainly not have agreed that the Luftwaffe was defeated. The Germans had simply been prevented from achieving their objectives but they were still taking every opportunity to harass the RAF.
The first threats on this day were small and they developed off the east coast where a convoy was attacked. London was then selected for the next three raids which began at 12.30 p.m. when a force of fifty Bf 109s reached Woolwich. An hour later a slightly larger force fanned out over Kent and made its way to the capital. The third formation of twenty-five Bf 109s got to the centre of London at 4 p.m. in spite of spirited opposition.
Excerpt from The Narrow Margin by Derek Wood & Derek Dempster
Airmen: 0 | Aircraft: 6
Airmen: 3 | Aircraft: 4
Blenheim L6637, No. 29 Squadron
Shot down in error by Hurricanes of No. 312 Czech Squadron over the Point of Ayr, SW of Liverpool.
Sgt. R.E. Stevens killed.
Sgt. O.K. Sly killed.
AC2 A. Jackson killed.
- A Messerschmitt Bf 109E goes on display at London’s Guildhall to boost donations to the Spitfire Fund. Here it is being manoeuvred into position by a civilian crew using a heavy crane. Pilot Herbert Rungen had made a forced landing at Hastingleigh, near Ashford in Kent, on 13 October 1940 after his aircraft was severely damaged in combat with Spitfires.
- Squadron Leader Douglas Bader (centre) and fellow pilots of No. 242 (Canadian) Squadron RAF, Flight Lieutenant Eric Ball and Pilot Officer Willie McKnight, admire the nose art on Bader’s Hawker Hurricane at Duxford, October 1940. © IWM (CH 1412)